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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) so let's look a bit deeper.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?
Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Escalade:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.13 = US$34m ÷ (US$307m - US$56m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
Thus, Escalade has an ROCE of 13%. In isolation, that's a pretty standard return but against the Leisure industry average of 22%, it's not as good.
In the above chart we have measured Escalade's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Escalade here for free.
What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
The trends we've noticed at Escalade are quite reassuring. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 13%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 93%. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at Escalade thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.
The Bottom Line
To sum it up, Escalade has proven it can reinvest in the business and generate higher returns on that capital employed, which is terrific. Since the stock has only returned 25% to shareholders over the last five years, the promising fundamentals may not be recognized yet by investors. So exploring more about this stock could uncover a good opportunity, if the valuation and other metrics stack up.
Escalade does have some risks, we noticed 2 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about.
While Escalade may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.
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